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Burrata Bruschetta

Treat yourself and your dinner guests to creamy burrata bruschetta! You can serve the Italian favorite as a tasty appetizer or side dish. For more recipes with burrata, try burrata Caprese!

Bruschetta Burrata finished with basil and balsamic glaze.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • I am a huge fan of bruschetta, and the creamy addition of burrata is the best flavor combination.
  • Besides burrata cheese, which can be hard to find, the recipe calls for fresh, simple ingredients.

What is Burrata Bruschetta?

Burrata bruschetta is a delightful Italian appetizer or snack that combines creamy burrata cheese with crispy bread and the freshness of the Caprese topping.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Bread: Classic bruschetta features toasted or grilled bread such as ciabatta, Italian bread, or a baguette. You want a crusty bread that will hold up to the tomato topping and burrata cheese. 
  • Olive Oil: Choose good quality extra virgin olive oil for the bread, Caprese, and garnish. 
  • Garlic: Enhance the flavor of the bread by rubbing the slices with a smashed garlic clove and incorporating minced garlic into the Caprese mixture. 
  • Tomatoes: I like using Roma tomatoes, Campari tomatoes, and vine-ripe tomatoes to make Caprese. Sweet cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes cut in half also work. Use jarred, roasted tomatoes, or roasted red peppers if you don’t have fresh tomatoes.
  • Basil: Fresh basil leaves are the best part of Caprese.
  • Spices: Add flavor to the tomatoes by seasoning them with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Burrata: Burrata cheese is the star with its gooey and rich center. If you can’t find burrata at the grocery store, make the recipe with ricotta or fresh mozzarella cheese.
  • Toppings: Finish bruschetta burrata with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Then, top the slices with fresh basil, micro greens, or peppery arugula. 

Additions and Substitutions

  • Top the bruschetta with tapenade, a spread made from ingredients like olives, capers, olive oil, herbs, and spices, or add salty prosciutto.
  • Replace the balsamic glaze with pesto, fig jam, or a drizzle of honey if you prefer a sweeter antipasto.
  • Include red onions or fresh fruit like strawberries, mangos, or peaches in the bruschetta mixture.

How to Make Burrata Bruschetta

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Brush olive oil lightly over both sides of each slice and rub them with a crushed garlic clove.

Step 2: Option 1 Preheat the oven to 400°F (204℃). Arrange the sliced bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the edges of the toasts are golden brown and crisp.

Option 2 – Place the bread directly onto a preheated skillet. Toast the bread for 1-2 minutes on each side, until it’s golden brown.

Bread toasting in a cast iron skillet.

Step 3: Combine the tomatoes, fresh basil (reserving some for garnish), garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.

Bruschetta mixture in a bowl.

Step 4: Remove the bread from the oven and spoon the tomato mixture over the bread slices.

Bruschetta spooned onto toast.

Step 5: Cut the ball of burrata cheese in fourths and place it over the tomatoes.

Drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze over the toasts and garnish with more fresh basil or micro greens.

Expert Tips

  • Begin with quality bread cut into thick slices to hold the toppings.
  • I enjoy baking the bread beforehand so it is nicely toasted, or you can use a skillettoaster oven, or grill.
  • Break up the burrata cheese and spread it onto the bread before adding the tomatoes and all the toppings if you want a different presentation.
  • If you serve burrata bruschetta as a grab-and-go appetizer, I recommend serving the bread slices, Caprese, and burrata separately.

If you enjoy this tasty snack, try one of these appetizer recipes!  

Bruschetta Burrata finished with basil and balsamic glaze.

What’s the Best Bread for Bruschetta?

Serve Caprese on toasted crusty bread, rubbed with a crushed garlic clove for additional flavor. The best bread for bruschetta is ciabatta bread, French baguette, crostini, Dutch oven sourdough bread, or rustic Italian bread. Each provides a good base for holding the toppings without becoming too soggy. If you want to depart from the usual, spoon the tasty appetizer onto focaccia or flat bread.

What to Serve with Bruschetta?

Build a charcuterie board with bruschetta and cured meats such as prosciutto, salami, soppressata, cheeses, and olives. You can scoop the antipasto with fresh vegetables like carrots, celery, cucumbers, radish, or bell peppers. A simple green salad like arugula spinach salad or arugula quinoa salad is perfect if you want more than bruschetta. And burrata bruschetta toasts are a great starter before enjoying a bowl of butternut squash soup or creamy pasta.

It might be a little outside the box for some, but I love serving burrata bruschetta at brunch alongside sausage and egg bake, sourdough banana muffins, fruit salad, and bacon or sausage.

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Burrata bruschetta is best eaten fresh, but you can store the leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • Repurpose: Mix the leftover Caprese into pasta or use it to top salad or scrambled eggs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is burrata?

Burrata is a creamy Italian cheese made with mozzarella and fresh cream. The outer shell is mozzarella, but when you cut into it, you’ll find a creamy, soft interior called stracciatella that oozes out deliciously onto the bruschetta and crusty bread.

What is bruschetta made of?

Bruschetta is a classic Italian antipasto made with toasted bread topped with freshly diced tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, and sometimes balsamic vinegar.

What can you put bruschetta on besides bread?

You can serve burrata bruschetta on more than bread. It pairs well with crackers and grilled vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, or eggplant. Use it as a topping for chicken, fish, or scrambled eggs if you want to switch up your breakfast routine.

Do you eat bruschetta hot or cold?

Most people serve the bruschetta at room temperature. However, because you toast the bread beforehand, it may seem slightly warm if you eat the bread straight out of the oven.

If you prefer a warm appetizer, I recommend sautéing the tomatoes in a pan with sliced garlic and olive oil until they blister and soften. Pour the tomato mixture into a serving dish, garnish with fresh basil, and serve toasted bread and burrata on the side.

Where can I buy burrata?

Find the creamy cheese in the specialty cheese section of the grocery store.

More Recipes Using Tomato:

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Bruschetta Burrata finished with basil and balsamic glaze.

Burrata Bruschetta

Tressa Jamil
Treat yourself and your dinner guests to creamy burrata bruschetta! You can serve the Italian favorite as a tasty appetizer or side dish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 207 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 8 slices crusty bread, ½ to 1-inch slices
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
For the Caprese:
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade, plus more for garnish
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more to garnish
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, coarse ground, to taste
For the Garnish:
  • 2 large burrata cheese, cut in fourths
  • balsamic glaze, for garnish
  • microgreens, for garnish
Instructions
 
  • Brush olive oil lightly over both sides of each slice and rub them with a crushed garlic clove.
  • Option 1 Preheat the oven to 400°F (204℃). Arrange the sliced bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the edges of the toasts are golden brown and crisp.
    Option 2 – Place the bread directly onto a preheated skillet. Toast the bread for 1-2 minutes on each side, until it's golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, fresh basil (reserving some for garnish), garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and spoon the tomato mixture over the bread slices.
  • Cut the ball of burrata cheese in fourths and place it over the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze over the toasts and garnish with more fresh basil or micro greens.
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Begin with quality bread cut into thick slices to hold the toppings.
  • I enjoy baking the bread beforehand so it is nicely toasted, or you can use a skillettoaster oven, or grill.
  • Break up the burrata cheese and spread it onto the bread before adding the tomatoes and all the toppings if you want a different presentation.
  • If you serve burrata bruschetta as a grab-and-go appetizer, I recommend serving the bread slices, Caprese, and burrata separately.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Toast | Calories: 207 kcal | Carbohydrates: 37 g | Protein: 8 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Sodium: 389 mg | Potassium: 244 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 677 IU | Vitamin C: 10 mg | Calcium: 52 mg | Iron: 3 mg
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